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Foreign workers target conditions at Hershey

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) -- Foreign students brought here to work at a candy warehouse protested conditions and pay for a second day Thursday, chanting on Chocolate Avenue under streetlights shaped like Hershey's Kisses, as the State Department investigated.

More than 100 students gathered in touristy downtown Hershey, home to the nation's second-largest candy maker, arguing that they were employed under the guise of a cultural exchange but toil away in what amounts to a sweets sweatshop.

"All we can do is work and sleep," said Godwin Efobi, 26, a Ukrainian student originally from Nigeria.

The students, who protested with a bullhorn, leaflets and a petition they planned to present to Hershey executives, complain of hard physical labor, steep pay deductions for rent that often left them with little spending money, and no cultural enrichment. They said their complaints were met with threats of deportation.

A Hershey Co. spokesman said the firm expects its vendors to treat employees "fairly and equitably."


Man, son accused of harassing Palins

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man and his son were arrested Thursday on charges of harassing Sarah Palin's family and lawyers in a case a prosecutor said went beyond "merely creepy to truly threatening."

Craig Christy, 47, and Shawn Christy, 19, were placed under arrest at the FBI office in Allentown after they were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Alaska, where Palin once served as governor.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Arnold Rapoport ruled Thursday the Christys will be held in custody and sent to Alaska to face the charges. The two made hundreds of threatening calls, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney John Gallagher.

"There's a level of obsession here that elevates the conduct from merely creepy to truly threatening," Gallagher said in arguing for their detention.

Karen Christy, Craig Christy's wife and Shawn's mother, said the family has been persecuted by the Palins and law enforcement officials for more than two years. They contend Palin and her daughter, Willow, sent sexually oriented text messages to Shawn in 2009.

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